A Jamaican court cleared the way Thursday for the extradition of a key suspect to Miami in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. Former Haitian Sen. John Joël Joseph, who was arrested in Jamaica earlier this year after months of hiding in Haiti, was being held on an immigration violation charge after illegally entering the English-speaking Caribbean nation with his wife and children.
After multiple postponements and court appearances, the one-time politician’s case was finally resolved Thursday when the chief prosecutor decided not to move forward with the case. Joseph, whose passport shows his last name as John, had waived an extradition court hearing in order to be brought to the United States, where he will most likely be charged in connection with the still unsolved assassination. He would be the third suspect charged in Miami.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on Joseph’s expected extradition to Miami. A criminal complaint is expected to charge him with conspiring to provide “material support” in a plot to kill a foreign leader. It would be similar to the case brought against a Colombian commando accused of participating in the deadly attack on the president’s Port-au-Prince suburban home and against a convicted Haitian drug trafficker accused of supplying weapons and other support in that assault last July. The U.S. has been conducting its own investigation into the killing, under the Justice Department’s expansive view of its criminal jurisdiction. Though the crime happened in Haiti, some of the planning occurred in South Florida, Haitian and U.S. investigators have said. | More on MiamiHerald.com